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Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy
To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (DFSCA) and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Rockford University are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibit the possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on University property or as part of any University-sponsored activity unless event-specific permission is given for of-age students to consume alcohol moderately. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities.
Rockford University affirms that illegal drug use is unlawful and harmful. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse by students and employees could result in cognitive deficits, loss of productivity, and other health risks. These risks include an increased risk of accidents, which may result in death or permanent injury. Free, confidential counseling for alcohol and other drug abuse issues is available to students and employees through University counseling services (for students) and the employee assistance program (for employees). Other resources may include assessment, individual counseling, educational programs, materials, and referral and case management through community agencies, all of which might include a fee.
Students exhibiting signs of excessive alcohol consumption will be transported via Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the student’s expense for medical attention. Refusal to cooperate with EMS personnel may result in arrest by local police in order to ensure the student’s health and safety and/or a conduct complaint for disorderly conduct and/or failure to comply.
Rockford University is concerned about students who improperly use alcohol and other drugs and the effects such use may have on their health, academic success, interpersonal relationships and, ultimately, their future.
The Rockford University alcohol policy expressly forbids possession and/or consumption of alcohol by students, employees or guests who are under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years. Possession of drug paraphernalia and the use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs, whether on or off campus, by any student is also prohibited. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students (or designee) reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age, and the parents/guardians of dependent students, regardless of age, of any incident in which the student is found responsible for violating the University alcohol and drug policy.
The following sections describe University policy regarding the sale, service, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property or at University-sponsored events in accordance with federal, state and local laws.
Alcohol General Guidelines
Examples of Violations of the College Alcohol Policy
As stated in the Code of Student Conduct, page 12), “failure to comply with the reasonable directives of University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so”, is considered unacceptable behavior for a college student. An example of such behavior includes refusing to submit to a breath test when requested by a police officer, whether on or off-campus, which is considered a violation of the university Code of Student Conduct and may result in conduct sanctions.
A partial list of University alcohol policy violations and their subsequent sanctions is listed below. Sanctions are dependent upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: hearing officer discretion, the nature and severity of the incident, a student’s cumulative conduct history and a student’s cooperation throughout the conduct process.
Rockford University enforces drug policies consistent with state and federal statutes and has declared a drug-free workplace at all locations at which the University conducts business. Students, faculty, and staff are prohibited from the use, possession, manufacturing, sale or distribution of any illegal controlled substance. The use and possession of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to blow tubes, rolling paper, pipes, etc., is also prohibited.
The following sections describe Rockford University’s policy regarding the sale, manufacture, distribution, possession and use of illegal drugs on or off University property or at University-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state and local laws. Examples of violations include:
In addition to University imposed sanctions, students and employees are subject to all legal sanctions under federal, state and local law for any offenses involving illegal drugs on University property or at University activities. The University reserves the right to pursue criminal action against the offending student(s). According to state statutes, penalties for the delivery of controlled substances are increased if conducted on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds (720 ILCS 550/4, Section 5).
Under Illinois State Statute, no marijuana, illegal controlled substances or look-alikes, or any drug paraphernalia associated with its use, are allowed inside schools or within 1,000 feet of school grounds, unless used for demonstration purposes by law enforcement personnel.
“School” is defined as any public or private elementary or secondary school, community college, college, or university.
The sanctions listed below do not represent an all-inclusive list. Based on the severity of the violation, the level of the student’s cooperation with staff members during the incident, the disciplinary history of the student, and/or any other factors, any sanctions, any combination thereof, or any additional sanctions may be instituted, as deemed appropriate by the disciplinary hearing officer. Student Life works in conjunction with other areas on campus, such as Athletics, who also reserve the right to respond to disciplinary situations with their own processes and additional sanctions. Please note that other policies violated in conjunction with a controlled substance violation may result in additional sanctions.
Violations of the University Illegal Drug Policy
A partial list of University drug policy violations and their subsequent sanctions is listed below.
First Offense—Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to:
Rockford University’s primary concern is the health and safety of its students. RU is aware that students are sometimes reluctant to seek medical attention in alcohol- and drug-related emergencies, out of fear that they may face sanctions related to possessing or consuming alcohol and drugs. Because these emergencies are potentially life-threatening, RU wants to do what it can to reduce barriers that prevent students from seeking assistance.
The University provides amnesty to victims who may be hesitant to report to University officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of minor policy violations, such as underage drinking, at the time of the incident. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.
To encourage students to offer help and assistance to others, the University pursues a policy of amnesty for minor violations when students offer help to others in need. At the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis to the person receiving assistance. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result.
Students who are engaged in minor violations but who choose to bring related serious violations by others to the attention of the University are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or record will result.
Abuse of amnesty requests can result in a decision by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students not to extend amnesty to the same person repeatedly.
The University has a Safe Harbor rule for students. The University believes that students who have a drug and/or addiction problem deserve help. If any University student brings their own use, addiction or dependency to the attention of University officials outside the threat of drug tests or imposition of the conduct process and seeks assistance, a conduct complaint will not be pursued. A written action plan may be used to track cooperation with the Safe Harbor program by the student. Failure to follow the action plan will nullify Safe Harbor protection and the campus conduct process will be initiated.
In Illinois, it is against the law to sell or deliver alcohol to anyone under 21 (twenty-one), or to any intoxicated person [235 ILCS 5/6-16]. Violations can result in fines of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.
It is also illegal for a person under 21 to present false identification in an attempt to purchase alcohol, to purchase, accept delivery or have possession of alcohol, or to consume alcohol. [235 ILCS 5/6-20] Violation of the law is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.
Recent legislation signed by the Governor provides further penalties: (1) The Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke without a hearing the driver’s license or instruction permit of a person under 21 who has purchased or attempted to purchase alcohol from a duly licensed establishment or who has consumed alcohol on licensed premises. (2) Local liquor commissioners have the duty to report to the Secretary of State any conviction for a violation of the Liquor Control Act, or a similar provision of a local ordinance, prohibiting a person under 21 from purchasing, accepting, possessing, or consuming alcohol and prohibiting the transfer or alteration of identification cards, the use of the identification card of another or a false or forged identification card, or the use of false information to obtain an identification card. (3) The Secretary of State is authorized to suspend or revoke the driver’s license or learner’s permit of any person convicted of violating any of the prohibitions listed above in “(2)” or similar provisions of local ordinances.
Substantial penalties exist in Illinois for the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. Arrests are also possible at lower alcohol levels if driving is impaired. The first offense can result in a $1,000 fine, incarceration for up to one year, and suspension or revocation of the offender’s driver’s license. Subsequent offenses entail penalties of significantly greater severity. Transporting open alcohol containers in a motor vehicle is also punishable under Illinois law.
Possession and delivery of illicit drugs are prohibited in Illinois through the Cannabis Control Act [740 ILCS 40/0.01 et seq.] and the Controlled Substances Act [720 ILCS 570/100 et seq. and 720 ILCS 570/401 et seq.]. Penalties vary with the amount of the drug confiscated; the type of drug found; the number of previous offenses by the individual; and whether the individual intended to manufacture, sell, or use the drug. A first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can result in a one- to three-year prison sentence, plus a fine of up to $15,000. More severe penalties may be imposed for conviction of class 2, 3, or 4 felonies involving manufacture or delivery to a minor.
Vehicles used with knowledge of the owner in the commission of any offense prohibited by the Cannabis Control Act or Controlled Substances Act can be seized by the government; all ownership rights are forfeited.
For further information on Criminal Offenses under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 IL C S 570/), visit the Illinois General Assembly website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs
Under the revised federal sentencing guidelines, federal courts can sentence simple-possession first offenders to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Penalties for subsequent convictions are significantly greater [21 U.S.C. 844(a)]. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction for possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than five grams of cocaine can trigger an intent-to-distribute penalty of ten to sixteen years in prison [U.S.S.G.S. 2D2.1(b)(1)].
Risks of Alcohol Use
The following is a partial list of the adverse effects of alcohol use on the individual and society arranged by source.
The Truth about Alcohol: Tips for Teens (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2003)
Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts.
Alcohol can damage every organ in your body. It is absorbed directly into your bloodstream and can increase your risk for a variety of life-threatening diseases, including cancer.
Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, lowers your inhibitions, and impairs your judgment. Drinking can lead to risky behaviors, including having unprotected sex. This may expose you to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases or cause unwanted pregnancy.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can lead to coma or even death. Also, in 1998, 35% of traffic deaths of 15- to 20-year-olds were alcohol-related.
From Top Ten Myths About Alcohol (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: National Institutes of Health)
The Naked Truth: Alcohol and Your Body (FactsOnTap.org)
Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Facts About Women and Alcohol (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Risks of Drug Use
The following is a partial list of the adverse effects of drug use on the individual and society arranged by source.
Marijuana…It Can Leave You Breathless! (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Drugs & Pregnancy…No Way to Start a Life! and Drug Abuse & Pregnancy (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Inhalants…Deadly Fumes! (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Amphetamines…A Dead End Street! (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Steroids (Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Rockford University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the RU community and its guests. In support of this commitment, RU establishes restrictions on the ability to carry firearms or weapons on the RU campus in accordance with the Board of Trustees’ authority to promulgate rules and regulations and the 2013 Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66).
This Policy applies to all employees, students, persons conducting business, or individuals visiting the RU campus, as “Campus” is defined in this policy. Visitors include, but are not limited to, prospective students, former students and their respective families, and patrons of various programs.
RU maintains a Weapons and Firearms-Free Campus. “Campus” includes, but is not limited to, the RU campus and sites, whether owned, leased or controlled by RU, where and when RU programs, activities and classes are held. No person covered by this policy, unless authorized by law or specifically exempted by federal or state law or RU regulation, is authorized to possess a weapon or firearm while engaged in RU-related business or activities.
It is the Policy of RU to prohibit:
It is the Policy of RU to prohibit all persons covered by this Policy from making threats, bullying, intimidating or engaging in acts of violence. Such behavior or actions will not be tolerated and may result in discipline, up to and including but not limited to, immediate removal, expulsion, and/or banishment from Campus and sites, whether owned, leased or controlled by RU, where and when RU programs, activities and classes are held.
(1) The weapon or firearm is used in connection with a weapons safety course or weapons education course offered in the regular course of business or approved and authorized by RU.
(2) The weapon or firearm is carried by a on duty law enforcement officer required to carry a weapon or firearm as a condition of his or her employment; the weapon or firearm is carried by an enforcement officer from an external agency conducting official business at RU; or any other exception is deemed necessary as determined by the RU Chief of Police.
(3) The weapon or firearm is used in connection with sanctioned classes, athletics, or recreational sports practices, games, matches, tournaments or events on Campus when the activity requires the use of such weapons or firearms (e.g., fencing, starter pistols and archery).
(4) The use of simulated weapons or firearms in connection with RU-related theatrical productions.
Locations at Which Policy Applies
For purposes of this Policy, “property of RU” includes any vehicle, building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, or entertainment venue whether owned, leased or operated by RU, and any real property, including parking areas, sidewalks and common areas under the control of RU.
This Policy also applies to all University-related organization property whether leased or owned by RU, and all RU- officially-recognized organization property whether leased or owned by RU.
Signs, in accordance with the design approved by the Illinois State Police, will be clearly and conspicuously posted signs at all building and restricted parking area entrances stating that concealed firearms are prohibited. The Division of Business Affairs, in consultation with other relevant divisions of RU and executive management, shall be responsible for the placement and maintenance of signage at building and restricted parking area entrances where vehicles containing weapons or firearms are prohibited.
A weapon or firearm may be transported into an unrestricted parking area within a vehicle if the weapon or firearm and its ammunition remain locked in a case out of plain view within the parked vehicle. Certain parking areas on Campus may be designated as areas where weapons and firearms are not permitted. “Case” is defined as a glove compartment or console that completely encases the weapon or firearm and its ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a weapon or firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container. The weapon or firearm may only be removed for the limited purpose of storage or retrieval from within the trunk of the vehicle. A weapon or firearm must first be unloaded before removal from the vehicle.
iii) All persons who seek storage of a licensed weapon or firearm at any other RU location must make prior arrangements with the Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety.
It is a violation of federal law and Rockford University Policy to share and/or distribute copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. Action taken by the University to remedy a violation does not preclude the copyright holder from seeking civil and/or criminal prosecution for copyright infringement. The law specifies civil liability of litigation costs, attorney fees, and actual damages, or statutory damages of $750 to $30,000 for each work infringed, and, under certain circumstances, criminal penalties up to $250,000, and/or imprisonment for up to 10 years (17 U.S.C. 501-511; 18 U.S.C. 2319). In addition, those who assist another with infringement of copyright material may be held liable under a legal doctrine known as “contributory infringement” (Sony Corp. v. Universal Studios, 464 U.S. 417, 435, 104 S.Ct. 774, 785, 78 L.Ed.2d 574 (1984)).
University campuses are not immune from the dangers faced elsewhere in society. It has become increasingly important that schools take reasonable steps to help protect the safety of the members of their communities. One such step now being taken by many colleges and universities is a requirement that their students promptly report any arrests involving them. At Rockford University, students must report within three days any criminal process that has begun for them (whether by means of detention, court summons, citation, or other similar process) no matter where the incident occurs. This requirement applies to any criminal process resulting from:
Examples include, but are not limited to
If unsure whether a particular arrest is covered under this policy, disclose. Failure to report a criminal process covered by this policy may result in charges under the Student Code of Conduct.
Rockford University supports every individual’s right to freedom of expression consistent with the forum (area of campus) in which the expression is made. RU also recognizes the importance of fostering a culture of tolerance and civility that is a cornerstone for the accomplishment of its educational goals.
Within the classroom, visual and/or aural demonstrations, depictions or conduct that may be offensive to an individual will not be restricted when there is a legitimate pedagogical context, such as material having an appropriate connection to course subject matter. Similarly, campus discourse on topics of political, artistic or social issues that are conducted consistent with the nature of the forum and reasonable institutional limitations (registration to use space, time, place and manner regulations, etc.) that are clear and unambiguous will be supported.
Expression that is severe, persistent, and objectively offensive, that is directed toward an individual based upon that individual’s protected status (e.g., sex/gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability or age) and has the effect of limiting or denying educational or employment access, benefits, and/or opportunities is not a protected form of speech or expression, and can form the basis of a violation of campus harassment, bullying or discrimination policies. Other limitations on free speech include: endangering someone or threatening them; inciting violence; using “fighting words” directed at an individual or group that directly provoke violence; defamation; obscenity; and expression that has a discriminatory effect such that it limits or denies someone’s educational or employment access, benefits and/or opportunities.
Students are expected to abide by the federal laws and the laws of Illinois prohibiting illegal gambling, including online gaming. Gambling for money or other things of value on campus or at University-sponsored activities is prohibited except as permitted by law. Such prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to: betting on, wagering on, or selling pools on any University athletic event; possessing on one’s person or premises (e.g., room, residence unit, car) any card, book or other device for registering bets; knowingly permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s phone or other electronic communications device for illegal gambling; knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package or parcel related to illegal gambling; offering, soliciting or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event; and involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to athletic events.
It is the policy of the campus to foster a spirit of free inquiry and to encourage the timely discussion of the broad range of issues that concern our community, provided that the views expressed are stated openly and are subject to critical evaluation.
An institutionally recognized student organization may invite guest speakers to the campus, subject to the following provisions:
All acts of hazing, as defined by this policy, by any individual student, or sanctioned or promoted by any University registered student club or organization and any of its members or alumni, are prohibited. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect, and no individual may perform an act that is likely to cause physical or psychological harm to any other person within the University community. Accordingly, any such behavior is expressly forbidden when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity.
Any student or organization found to be involved in any hazing activity will face conduct action and may be subjected to suspension or expulsion from the University. A violation of this policy may exist irrespective of any alleged voluntary or consensual participation in the activity by the person(s) being abused.
Additionally, the State of Illinois has a hazing law which prohibits hazing (720 ILCS /12C-50). Hazing is a Class A misdemeanor, except hazing that results in death or great bodily harm is a Class 4 felony.
Rockford University Information Technology (IT) supports the academic mission of the University by providing access to technology resources, facilities and information essential to teaching, learning, research and general scholarship. The IT Department office is located in the lower level of the Howard Colman Library and is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure, facilities and resources of the campus network, computing labs and technology services. Thus, IT policies must promote access while preserving resources.
Appropriate Use of Information Technology
As information technology continues to play an increasing important role in education and the world in general, it is essential that Rockford University students, faculty and staff have open access to information and training in information skills in order to participate in the electronic global community. Open access to Rockford University’s information technology requires an intellectual environment based on mutual respect and trust, information sharing, collaboration with peers, the free inquiry and expression of ideas, and a secure information infrastructure maintained by the University.
The health and well-being of such an environment is the responsibility of each member of the Rockford University community. All members are expected to behave in a responsible, ethical and legal manner regarding the use of Rockford University’s information technology. In order to insure such an environment, this policy summary defines the rights and responsibilities of individual members. By using Rockford University’s information technology, a member of the Rockford University community gives implicit consent to abide by these policies.
Technology resources housed in classrooms, computing labs, study spaces and work areas are in high demand, and like any shared resource, must serve the campus community. Workstations should be used with consideration; belongings should be removed even when temporarily leaving the workstation area. Due to the vulnerability and the value of both print and technology resources in public areas and classrooms, we expect users to act responsible when consuming food and drink and disposing of the trash.
Rights of Members of the Rockford University Electronic Community
Responsibilities of Members
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires any institution participating in a Title IV federal student financial aid program that provides on-campus housing to establish a missing student notification policy and related procedures (20 USC 1092 (j) Section 488 of the Higher Education Act of 2008).
For purposes of this policy, a student may be considered to be a “missing person” if the person has been absent from the University for a period of 24 hours or longer without any known reason. Additionally, a student may be considered to be a “missing person” if the person’s absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited to a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, where there are concerns for drug and/or alcohol use, is in a life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.
All residential students will be given the opportunity to identify the name and contact number of the individual(s) who are a primary contact to be notified in the event that the resident is reported missing. In the event the student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the University is required to have the primary emergency contact to be a custodial parent or guardian. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this contact information.
If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student is missing, Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety should immediately be notified (815-226-4060). Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety will collect and document the following information at the time of the report:
Upon receipt of a missing student report, the University may use any or all of the following resources to locate the student, including but not limited to:
If all of the above attempts to locate or establish contact with the missing student are unsuccessful, the University will contact the student’s emergency contacts no later than 24 hours after the student has been determined to be missing. The University will also file a missing person’s report with the City of Rockford Police Department.
If the student is located and their status and well-being have been verified, the student will be instructed to contact the concerned party and designated emergency contact.
**When a commuter student is believed to be missing, the reporting person should immediately notify local law enforcement authorities. The University will assist external authorities with the investigation as requested.
The University supports the freedom to publicize activities and distribute materials by internal or external entities relating to functions on-and off-campus which benefit the University community and are consistent with the University’s values.
Approval must be obtained prior to making use of the residence halls or campus facilities for the sale, promotion, posting or distribution of any type of material. All material must have a sponsor responsible for the material stated directly on each piece and adhere to all policies that apply.
All printed materials posted or distributed on campus by students and guests must receive approval from the Director of the Student Center and Student Activities. Printed materials include flyers, posters, banners, announcements and advertisements. Bring one sample to the Student Activities Office (Burpee Student Center, first floor) for stamped approval and make copies from that sample. Allow 24 hours turnaround time for approval.
Rockford University allows University-recognized organizations, and organizations not associated with Rockford University, to distribute/solicit goods or services on campus providing prior authorization and approval is obtained. At no time does Rockford University allow credit card solicitations on its campus or directly to its students and at no time does Rockford University allow access to the residence halls for the purpose of selling/offering goods and/or soliciting contributions of any kind.
In cases where authorization and approval have been obtained, distribution/solicitation of goods or services may take place on the second floor of Burpee Center (near the mail desk), Regents Hall, and the lobby of the Clark Arts Center. Exceptions may be obtained for special events such as new student orientation and student organization/club fair.
Approval to distribute/solicit goods or services may be obtained through Scheduling Office or Student Life when organizations/individuals make arrangements for their event.
Questions concerning this policy may be directed to the Student Activities, Student Life or Communications Office.
In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Rockford University seeks to accommodate persons with disabilities requiring the assistance of a qualified service or therapy animal. Students should make requests regarding service or therapy animals to the Coordinator of Disability Services, Lang Health Center, at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester for which the request is being made. Determinations will be made on a case by case basis, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, whether such animal is a reasonable accommodation on campus. Where it is not readily apparent an animal is a service animal as defined by ADA, or an assistance animal under the FHA, Disability Services may require sufficient documentation to determine whether the animal qualifies. This process may include additional conversations between Disability Services and the requesting student.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, and effective October 28, 2002, requires institutions of higher education to notify the campus community of where the law enforcement agency information provided by the State concerning registered sexual offenders may be obtained.
The Illinois State police compiles sex offender information. The Illinois State Police maintains a website that allows you to search their sex offender database online at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/. To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Illinois, visit the Sex Offender Database. Once there, you can search by city, county, or zip code.
The Act also requires that any person who is required to register as a sex offender in a State to provide notice, as required by State law (730 ILCS 150/), of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student; and of each change in enrollment or employment status of such person at an institution of higher education in that State. Such persons are to provide notice in person to the Rockford University Chief or Police within three (3) days of enrolling at Rockford University, beginning employment at Rockford University, and/or when there is a change in enrollment and/or employment status.
As of January 1, 2008, the Smoke-Free Illinois Act (Public Act 95-0017) protects the public from the harmful effects of exposure to tobacco smoke by prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment and within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, windows that open, or ventilation intake of a public place or place of employment. A public place includes, but is not limited to: educational facilities, schools, dormitories, offices, libraries, restrooms, and elevators.
Effective implementation of the Smoking policy depends upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the Rockford University community. All employees and students share in the responsibility for enforcing the policy.
Violations occurring in the residence halls can be reported to the residence life staff. Violations occurring in other parts of campus can be reported to the Student Life Office.
Anyone in violation of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act may be subject to the state’s regulation, enforcement and civil penalties. Individuals can file a complaint by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health’s toll-free complaint line at 866-973-4646 (TTY 800-547-0466, hearing impaired use only) or on-line through this website.
Rockford University is an institution that recognizes the importance and impact that social media has on the University in regards to professional and organizational reputations. To assist in how to use social media in a beneficial and appropriate way, Rockford University has developed the following policy to enhance, clarify, and protect any reputations involved when participating in social media platforms.
Social media is designed to easily share and interact in an accessible way. For the purposes of this document, social media includes, but is not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vine, Merit, Pinterest, etc.
When understanding and looking at how to interact on social media, it is important to confirm that staff, faculty, and students are all following the same behavioral expectations. Employees of the University are liable for anything that they post to any social media platform. The same rules, guidelines, and laws apply when professionally interacting with faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents, media, and the community online as when they are interacting in person.
It is Rockford University policy that all social media presences representing the University are first vetted through the Marketing and Communications Departments for approval. If the presence is approved, training by the Marketing and Communications Departments must take place prior to implementation.
Institutional Social Media
When posting on behalf of the University as an institution, the following policies must be followed:
There must be more than one administrator for each social media page. The name and contact information for each administrator must be shared with the Marketing and Communications Departments. In the absence of a second administrator, the Rockford University Website Administrator, Gale Wallace, will serve as a second administrator.
Examples: Friends of the Performing Arts at RU (https://www.facebook.com/RUFOPA); Rockford University Student Activities (https://www.facebook.com/RockfordUniversityStudentActivities)
Use of the Rockford University Logo and Decus Seal: Refrain from posting/using the Rockford University logo or Decus on personal websites to represent the institution. The Rockford University logo and Decus represent our entire institution and are the foundation of our visual brand identity. Because our logo is central to our identity, its integrity and value is of upmost importance. Refer to the University Brand Standards guide located on my.Rockford.edu/departments/marketing for the correct way to use the Rockford University logo or Decus.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The policies outlined in Section 1, and the following sections, apply to all student clubs and organizations. The following additions are applicable:
Personal and Professional Social Media Conduct Policies
This section explains how administrators should conduct themselves when thoughtfully posting on social media when representing the University.
Should a negative post be shared, please consult with the Marketing or Communications Departments (Director of Communications, Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374; Director of Marketing, , 815-226-4073) on the correct way to respond.
Questions about any of the above stated policies should be directed to the Marketing and Communications Department.
The University is dedicated to helping each of its students succeed in the college environment. The University understands there are factors inside and outside of the University that affect a student’s ability to thrive at the college level. There may be times a student experiences life situations, medical conditions, or psychological conditions that significantly impact their function to be a successful student. On-campus counseling services are available for students and referrals may be made to outside services to help students work through tough times. However, in some instances, time away from the University for treatment and recovery is the best solution to help students regain the necessary functioning to return.
Purpose The medical withdrawal policy is designed for students who are unable to complete course work due to medical or psychological illness. Students may withdraw from one or more classes or from the entire schedule due to medical or psychological illness, and receive a grade of “MW” (medical withdraw).
Petition Process To receive a grade of “MW” a student must complete the appropriate petition, available in the Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling and Disability Services. The student must obtain written documentation of medical necessity from the treating physician, psychologist or counselor and present the documentation to the director of the Lang Center. All petitions must be processed prior to the last day of final examinations. Students must complete an application form and obtain signatures from the director of Lang Center and the student administrative services (SAS) office. This information is then provided to the chief academic officer for final approval. After final approval, SAS will record the medical withdrawal as the final grade for the course(s). SAS will notify the professor, advisor and Lang Center that the process has been completed and the grade has been recorded.
Responsibility The student is ultimately responsible for the petition process. When a student is medically disabled and unable to complete the application process, Lang Center will intervene and assist with processing until the student is able to continue on their own.
Rockford University encourages students who must withdraw for medical reasons to resume their course of study as soon as possible. Through the last drop* date, as indicated in the academic calendar, a student who withdraws will have tuition charges** refunded, and all financial aid cancelled for that term.
After the last drop date, a portion of tuition may be reserved in escrow to use in a subsequent semester. The portion of tuition held in escrow depends on when the student withdraws according to the following formula:
If medical withdrawal is approved Action
Prior to the last drop date ……………………………. Tuition charges** taken off and all financial aid is cancelled
Through week four of classes ……………………… 75% of tuition held in escrow
Through week seven of classes …………………… 50% of tuition held in escrow
Through week 10 of classes ……………………….. 25% of tuition held in escrow
After week 10 of classes …………………………….. No tuition will be held in escrow
Tuition held in escrow will be forfeited unless used within one year of the end of the semester in which the student received the medical withdrawal. The student’s financial obligations (i.e., tuition, fees, room and board, etc.) must be paid in full for this policy to apply.
IMPORTANT: 1. The U.S. Department of Education requires the recalculation of aid for any withdrawal (medical or not) prior to completing 60 percent of any term. This may result in some or all federal aid being returned, thus creating a balance on the student’s account. 2. The student must be aware that withdrawing from courses may alter full-time status. A student pursuing a medical withdrawal should consult with student administrative services.
*The drop date is determined by the program in which the student is enrolled. Typically, the last day to drop for traditional undergraduate students is the second Friday of the fall or spring semester. Students should consult the current academic calendar for the specific date. All other program participants should consult with SAS as to the specific dates for their program.
**Charges other than those of tuition (i.e., room, board, fines, lab fees, registration fees, etc.) are neither refunded nor held in escrow
This policy outlines how the University will respond in situations where students have engaged in behavior such that the university determines there is a significant risk of substantial harm to members of the campus community. The University will strive to work with such a student to resolve the situation through a voluntary leave of absence or voluntary withdrawal. However, if no voluntary resolution can be reached or if emergency circumstances exist, the University may need to place such a student on involuntary leave or involuntarily withdraw the student from the University.
Conditions which could warrant involuntary leave or involuntary withdrawal:
Involuntary leave or involuntary withdrawal of a student will occur only in situations where the university determines there is a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of a member(s) of the campus community.
The following are some examples of situations that may be covered by this policy. They include, but are not limited to:
The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, when made aware of a student’s request for a voluntary leave of absence or withdrawal or of a situation which could warrant involuntary leave or withdrawal, will work with the Lang Health Center staff, the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life and other appropriate persons knowledgeable about the student s condition (e.g., parents, healthcare providers) to determine the student’s ability to safely participate in the University’s programs.
The determination that a student poses a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of a member(s) of the campus community shall be based on an individualized assessment of the student’s present ability to safely function at the university. This assessment shall be based on a reasonable medical judgment that relies on the most current medical knowledge and/or on the best available objective evidence. In determining whether an individual would pose such a risk, the factors to be considered include:
If it is determined through the above process that a student’s behavior poses a direct threat to a member(s) of the campus community, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students or designee may withdraw the student or restrict the student’s access to campus for an interim period before a final determination is made. Every attempt will be made by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students or designee to meet with the student before deciding on an interim withdrawal of the student. If the student is to be withdrawn on an interim basis, the decision will be communicated in writing to the student. A student withdrawn on an interim basis shall be given an opportunity to appear personally before the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students within two school days from the effective date of the interim withdrawal. Notification of an informal meeting with the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students will be communicated to the student in writing and/or orally. The request will include a statement of the reasons for the university’s concern. Appropriate University personnel may be present and/or consulted at this meeting. A parent, spouse or any person who would be of support to the student may, with the consent of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and of the student, participate in the informal meeting. At the meeting, the reasons for the University’s concern will be stated and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the concerns. If, after the meeting, it is determined that the student does not present a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of a member(s) of the campus community, the student will be informed in writing by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and permitted to continue as a student.
If, after the meeting, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students, in consultation with appropriate personnel, decides that the student should withdraw from the university, the student shall be informed in writing of the decision and the basis for the decision within five (5) school days of the informal meeting. The student may be required by the University to provide information from a healthcare professional to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students indicating the student’s ability to continue at or return to the university. The Director of Lang Health will be involved where a student seeks a return to the university
If a student wishes to appeal a decision of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students the appeal must be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Life within five (5) university working days of the receipt of the decision. (All decisions sent to the student via U.S. Mail will be considered received in three (3) working days.) Following notice to the student, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students will conduct a meeting with the student, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students other appropriate University personnel and a representative or family member selected by the student to serve as his/her advisor. In addition, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students may require the student, at his or her expense, to obtain a psychiatric/medical evaluation from sources external to the University to be presented. The decision of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students is the University’s final decision.
It is the policy of Rockford University that students should have an accessible process to bring problems or complaints to the attention of the University for review and resolution. To that end, the University has established a process for students, without fear of reprisal, to raise concerns about a program, their learning experience or the services received in situations where a University policy or procedure specific to their concerns is not already in place.
Students are encouraged to discuss their concerns directly with the person(s) and/or office(s) involved to informally resolve the issue. If the issue is not informally resolved, the student should meet with the supervisor of the person(s) and/or office(s) involved. Most issues are resolved when one makes an appointment with a faculty or staff member and calmly and honestly communicates their concerns. If the issue is not resolved, there is a formal complaint process.
Before initiating the formal complaint process, three points must be made about the process.
If any student wishes to file a formal complaint, s/he must submit the complaint in writing to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students. The complaint must contain the following information:
Upon receipt of a written formal complaint by a student, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students shall refer the complaint for investigation and resolution to the appropriate academic or administrative official (typically, a Dean, Director, or Associate Vice President, or another designated appropriate administrator). Within 5 business days of receiving the formal complaint, the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students will provide the student with a status report in which the student is informed who the complaint has been referred to for investigation or why the complaint was dismissed and not referred for investigation. Formal complaints will be investigated and resolved in 20 business days from the date of referral. If the investigation exceeds 20 business days, the student will be notified in writing of the delay and informed of the anticipated completion date. The designated investigator will provide both the student and the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students with written notice of the final disposition.
A copy of the complaint and a summary of the process and resolution of the complaint will be kept in the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students Office for a period of eight (8) years from the date of the final resolution of the complaint.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the student complaint/grievance process, the student may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education using their institutional Complaint System located at http://complaints.ibhe.org/
If the complaint concerns the institution’s compliance with academic programs, academic quality and/or accrediting standards, students may submit a complaint to the Higher Learning Commission, Rockford University’s accrediting agency, at https://hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html
Under the guarantees established by the 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the University recognizes the right of students to freedom of expression within the limitations of local, state, and federal law as well as the rules and regulations of the University. As part of our democratic tradition, students are encouraged to study social issues and express their convictions as responsible citizens. Any demonstrations must be conducted in an orderly manner and must observe the following limitations:
A student who violates any of these regulations can be disciplined, possibly suspended. If several members of one organization violate these regulations, disciplinary action may also be taken against the organization. To alleviate any possible misunderstanding of the rules as set forth, the University recommends that any student organization or group of students contemplating a demonstration inquire at the Office of Student Life about appropriate procedures.
The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now known as the Clery Act) is a federal mandate which requires that all current students and employees be provided with information on policies and procedures involving campus security, the reporting of criminal action or other emergencies, and the enforcement authority of security personnel. This information must also include descriptions of programs for students and employees about campus security and crime prevention, as well as statistics on the occurrence of specific crimes. Notification of the annual security report is made by the University’s Chief of Police and the full report is posted on the University’s website each October at: https://www.rockford.edu/community/campus/security/
Hardcopies are available from the Rockford University Chief of Police.
Information on Title IX can be found at:
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The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students is vested with the authority over student conduct by the President. The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students appoints designees (e.g. residence life staff members) to oversee and manage the student conduct process. The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students (or designee) may appoint administrative hearing and appeals officers as deemed necessary to efficiently and effectively supervise the student conduct process.
The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students (or designee) will assume responsibility for the investigation of an allegation of misconduct to determine if the complaint has merit.
No complaint will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy has been violated. Reasonable cause is defined as some credible information to support each element of the offense, even if that information is merely a credible witness or a victim’s statement. A complaint wholly unsupported by any credible information will not be forwarded for a hearing.
Interpretation and Revision
The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students will develop procedural rules for the administration of hearings that are consistent with provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. Material deviation from these rules will, generally, only be made as necessary and will include reasonable advance notice to the parties involved, either by posting online and/or in the form of written communication. The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students may vary procedures with notice upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this Code. The Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students may make minor modifications to procedure that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. Any question of interpretation of the Code of Student Conduct will be referred to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students whose interpretation is final. The Code of Student Conduct will be updated annually under the direction of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students with a comprehensive revision process being conducted every two years.
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Rockford University at a Glance
Rockford University is a private, independent, coeducational university providing courses of study leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The academic programs of students are based on a foundation of learning in the liberal arts and sciences. The University emphasizes excellence in teaching, and has a strong commitment to scholarly activity, creative expression and community service. The educational program is characterized by a concern for the needs of all students, and reflects the basic human rights and responsibilities of a democratic society.
Our mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society. A solid education starts here.
Rockford University believes diversity in the student body, faculty and staff is an important component in providing a quality education. Diversity enriches the educational experience by encouraging dialogues among people with different experiences, beliefs and perspectives. It promotes personal growth and a healthy society. Diversity challenges stereotypes preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking. By helping to build communities whose members are judged by the quality of their character and their contributions, diversity strengthens communities and the workplace.
Rockford University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in institutions of higher education including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The University will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any resolution process within the University or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies.
This Statement covers non-discrimination in employment and in access to educational opportunities. Therefore, any member of the University community, guest or visitor who acts to deny, deprive or limit the educational, employment, residential and/or social access, benefits and/or opportunities of any member of the campus community on the basis of their actual or perceived membership in the protected classes listed above is in violation of University policy on non-discrimination. When brought to the attention of the University, any such discrimination will be appropriately remedied by the University according to its procedures.
The Compliance and Title IX Coordinator is available to students and employees as an immediate resource for non-discrimination issues.
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Depending on their role in the process, Rockford University holds that students are entitled to the following minimum rights throughout the process. Students also have the right to waive any or all of these rights verbally or in writing to the appropriate hearing officer.
To have adequate notice of proceedings or reviews (interpreted by the University to be no less than 2 business days), and the procedures, prior to the date of such proceedings.
Additional rights of reporting persons in cases of sexual misconduct
The reporting person may not be questioned about past behaviors of a sexual nature that do not have a direct impact on determining the responsibility or consent of the incident in question.
While all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to report any policy violations, the University employs staff to patrol and monitor campus property. Part of their role is to address and mitigate any perceived policy violations. Additionally, allegations of policy violations may be made by any student, faculty, or staff member by contacting Residence Life Office (815-226-4026), Rockford University Police & Department of Public Safety (815-226-4060), or submitting a written concern to these offices or to the Dean of Student’s office. The submission of a report does not automatically initiate conduct proceedings.
All reports, statements and letters are the sole property of Rockford University. Reports will only be released in compliance with properly served court orders and in compliance with the standards set forth in FERPA and the Clery Act. Redacted reports will also be made available at the reporting persons’ request to insurance companies and to respondents involved in the conduct review process. In cases where intimidation, violence, and/or coercion are likely and/or where redacted statements cannot be issued without jeopardizing the identity of the witness(es), a summary statement of pertinent facts may be substituted at the University’s discretion. In the case of potentially dangerous behavior the University reserves the right to release any and all information necessary to help preserve safety.
The student will receive a Notice of Alleged Violation (NOAV) via email to the student’s Rockford University email account. Pursuant to University policy, students are to regularly check their Rockford University email for official communication from the University. The NOAV is not a finding of responsibility, nor is it a sanction; rather, its purpose is to inform a student that a violation of community standards is alleged to have occurred and is under investigation. A student who receives a NOAV must attend the scheduled meeting/hearing as instructed in the NOAV. If a student fails to attend the meeting/hearing, the hearing officer or hearing board may hear the case in the student’s absence, based on the information available at the time. Rescheduling a hearing for a student who is absent with cause or who is more than ten minutes late will be at the discretion of the hearing officer.
The University employs staff to address concerns of policy violations. The institution will investigate all allegations of policy violations. The University reserves the right to utilize 1st person and 2nd person accounts as well as reports from 3rd parties and parents as sufficient evidence to begin an investigation. Using 2nd person accounts and statements from third parties may hinder the ability of the University to arrive at the substantive grounds needed in the resolution of incidents.
During the response and investigation process, the institution also reserves the right to search any property brought onto University grounds if there is a suspicion that the property contains material prohibited by University policy, or contains items that may be used to violate University policy. This includes but is not limited to, backpacks, purses, handbags, and vehicles.
An investigation will generally consist of interviewing known involved parties and gathering physical evidence. Whenever possible and practical, written or recorded narratives will be gathered from involved parties. Every effort will be made to complete this phase of the investigation as soon as possible, but gathering evidence and narratives can take several weeks or longer (University breaks and incidents involving non-students may increase the time needed). The investigator assigned will provide regular updates on the status and timeline to the Reporting person(s), victim(s) and respondent(s).
Once the allegation has been investigated the University will respond and attempt to resolve the situation. In cases where the reporting person requests to maintain their confidentiality from the respondent or where the reporting person requests that an investigation or process not be pursued the University staff will make every effort to comply with reporting persons requests where such actions do not reasonably place others in jeopardy or jeopardize safety of the campus community. The University will use the following questions to determine its ability to comply with such requests:
* whether there have been other similar complaints about the respondent(s)
• the respondents’ rights to receive information about the reporting person
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A residence hall is more than a place to live; it is a place to learn awareness, consideration, acceptance, and compromise. Residence halls also provide recreational, educational, and cultural programs to enhance students’ learning experience and to contribute to their overall growth and personal development.
Students living in the residence halls are expected to maintain a standard of conduct consistent with the educational objectives and priorities of Rockford University. Respect and consideration for the rights of others, including need for study time and rest, must receive priority. The residence hall staff helps create an atmosphere conducive to studying, socializing and learning to live with other individuals. Each resident is expected to respond appropriately to requests from staff and fellow residents concerning behavior that does not honor this priority. Residents are also responsible for the conduct of their guests. Rooms will be inspected or assessed at any time a University official suspects illegal, dangerous or threatening behavior is occurring in a student’s room.
Residence Life Staff
Resident Assistants (RA) are peer advisors trained to assist students with academic, personal or behavioral concerns. RAs are students selected because of experience, leadership ability and interest in helping others. They help residents grow socially and academically by developing relationships with students and by fostering an effective living-learning environment. All students are encouraged to get to know their RA and to ask for assistance whenever needed. The RAs are supervised by a full-time Residence Hall Director (RHD) who, in turn, are supervised by the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.
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Rockford University contracts with Sodexo to provide food service to the campus community. Any member of the University community may participate in the food service program. Resident students are required to participate in the meal plan program. Contact the Dining Service or SAS offices for prices and registration materials.
Food service is provided in Burpee Dining Hall and the Den. The Burpee Dining Hall is located on the 2nd floor of the Burpee Student Center. The Den is located on first floor of the Burpee Student Center. Sodexo also provides catering services to meet the needs of the campus and local community.
Campus Dining Policies
Failure to comply with any of the above policies may result in disciplinary action.
Policy – Rockford University requires students living in the residence halls to maintain a food services contract. Sodexo Dining Services provides various meal plans for students during the Fall and Spring academic terms. With appropriate documentation, students with medical conditions may be released temporarily or permanently from the food services contract. Students may also be released pending hardships or special circumstances that cannot be addressed by Campus Dining Services.
Procedures to Request Meal Plan Accommodations and Exemptions for Medical Reasons – Students who request accommodations or exemptions for medical reasons may do so at any time during a semester. If the request is granted, a new contract will be issued effective on the Thursday following the day the request is granted. To make a request for an accommodation or exemption, please:
Procedures to Request Meal Plan Accommodations and Exemptions for Non-medical Reasons Students requesting accommodations or exemptions for non-medical reasons must do so no later than 14 days after the beginning of each semester. If the request is granted, a new contract will be issued and it will take effect on the Thursday following the day the request is granted. Every attempt will be made to review and act on the request within two business days after it is received. To make a request, please:
Appeal Process – If you want to appeal a decision concerning your request for meal plan accommodations, you may do so by addressing the appeal to the Meal Plan Review Committee, which consists of at least three representatives from the following departments: Student Life, Lang Center, Campus Dining Services, and SAS. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the
The Food Service Committee’s primary function is to serve as a liaison between the student body, the University, and Sodexo Food Service. The committee purpose is to review campus food services, address any student concerns, and make recommendations to improve the service on campus for students. The Committee consists of the Sodexo General Manager and personnel, Student Life personnel, a representative from SGA, and other students willing to serve on the committee.
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Core Value: Social Justice
Rockford University students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing university community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, or sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or other protected status that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program or activities.
Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or other protected status. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.
Any intentional, adverse action taken by an responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant or supporter of a participant in a civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity under this Code.
Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, University processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:
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Core Value: Responsibility
Rockford University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the University’s Alcohol Policy (See Community Standards for further information);
Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the University’s Drug Policy (See Community Standards for further information);
Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications;
Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so;
Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the institution, including, but not limited to; knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution or to an official of the institution acting in an official capacity.
Failure of any student to accurately report an off-campus arrest by any law enforcement agency for any crime (including non-custodial or field arrests) to the Office of Student Life within seventy-two (72) hours of release.
Violating other published University policies or rules, including all Residence Hall policies;
Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.)
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Core Value: Respect
Rockford University students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.
Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression.
Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent and/or failing to discourage and/or failing to report those acts may also violate this policy. (See Community Standards);
Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another;
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear;
Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation (See the Title IX: Sex/Gender-Based Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Policy for further information);
Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.
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Core Value: Integrity
Rockford University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments;
Acts of academic dishonesty as outlined in the Academic Honor Code;
Unauthorized access to any University building (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any University building or failing to timely report a lost University identification card or key;
Action or inaction with another or others to violate the Code of Student Conduct;
Violations of positions of trust within the community;
Tampering with the election of any University-recognized student organization;
Intentional and unauthorized taking of University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables;
Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property;
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